We are well and truly underway after the opening ceremony and match yesterday, but today the action gets better as three games take place.
Day 1 What we learned
While Russia were expected to win yesterday the manner of their victory over Saudi Arabia which was suprising. It was clearly a mixture of Saudi having an absolute shocker and good Russian play, but they took their goals very well. The last two in particular are genuine world class strikes. It puts them in good stead to qualify with the two harder games coming up. As for Saudi one day in, it is hard to see any way they can come back from this.
Uruguay v Egypt
A really interesting contest, but where the build up has all been about one player. Following the Champions League final all of Egypt has been sweating if Mo Salah will be fit, it sounds like he won’t be fit to start but they need him in what will be the toughest game of the group.
In Cavani and Suarez alone the South Americans are very dangerous and they were fantastic in qualifying.
Uruguay have the potential to have another great run again and the draw has been very kind to them, I expect them to win the group.
Morocco v Iran
Group B kicks off with the two smaller teams of the four facing off in a game both simply have to win to have a chance of getting through. Both sides were impressive in qualifying with fantastic defensive records. It could well be a game of few goals but one both have to go for in the later stages.
Spain v Portugal
The pick of the group games is set to be a Friday night treat for all. Spain’s well documented build up may have an effect on the squad but it doesn’t stop them from having a world class line-up and they still remain rightfully one of the favourites for the event.
European champions Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo are hoping for back-to-back major honours. Alongside their neighbours they should have too much for the others in the group whatever the result tonight.
However it is set to be a fantastic game for all football lovers across the globe.
The World Cup is now truly here.